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Weekly Newsletter - 24/02/2017

Dear <<First Name>>,

Please find below this week's summary of renewable and related energy news for Africa and beyond.
Kind regards,
The REPP Team
West Africa
Nigeria: Power generation at it's lowest caused by socio-economic issues - ESI Africa
Nigeria: Nigerian Gas Association lists forex as potential threat to unstable sector - ESI Africa
Ghana: Newly elected president to focus resolving large debt ($800m) linked to power crisis - ESI Africa
Ghana: Signs MoU with Morocco across various fields, one aimed at cooperation in renewable energy - Alternative Energy Africa
Liberia: Zweru residents, previously connected to WAPP, initiate restore electric power campaign - ESI Africa
East Africa
East Africa: EAPP and SAPP will be the focus for the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa - ESI Africa
Rwanda: Due to non-technical viability, the biogas project, worth $35m, has been abandoned - Alternative Energy Africa
Rwanda: BBOXX secures funding from local commercial bank for development of off-grid solar to rural households - Alternative Energy Africa
Rwanda: Energy Development Corporation Ltd announces grant for skill development in alternative energy - ESI Africa
Zambia: Government signs agreement for second mandate with World Bank's Scaling Solar Program - Alternative Energy Africa
Zambia: Zuwa Solar Ltd constructs 80 -120 MW solar PV power plant, to run for a minimum of 25 years - Alternative Energy Africa
Zambia: Improved hydropower generation due to increased water levels in key reservoirs - ESI Africa
Kenya: Mile Connectivity Project on hold due to additional transformer and power lines to be installed - ESI Africa
Kenya: Concern over high electricity tariffs pushes up cost of production expressed by KAM - ESI Africa
Kenya: Power rationing will not occur despite current drought conditions - ESI Africa
Kenya: Xago Africa to build 40MW solar power plant and battery in Siaya - Business Daily
Kenya: Nairobi-Mombasa transmission line set to continue after setting aside injunction - Business Daily
Kenya: Consumers will pay Sh4.6bn to cushion Lake Turkana Wind investors from losses - Business Daily
Kenya: Africa Renewable Energy Leaders' Summit to be held in Nairobi on 4 -5 April - Alternative Energy Africa
Uganda: Uganda Electricity Distribution Company to take over distribution of FESL's contracted areas - ESI Africa
Uganda: 10MW solar PV power plant commences operation - CPAfrica
Southern Africa
Zimbabwe: High electricity costs causing difficulty in producers competing on a global scale - ESI Africa
South Africa: Department of Energy allocate $18bn to expansion of household access to electricity - ESI Africa
South Africa: Pravin Gordhan, reiterates importance of renewables programme on investment in country - ESI Africa
South Africa: National Treasury concerned about price-fixing allegations against banks - Engineering News
South Africa: CSIR reports electricity mix is now a "cost optimal mix" - Engineering News
Africa General / Rest of World
Africa: Finance markets totaled more than $475m between 2013 and 2015 - Alternative Energy Africa
Investment vital to unlocking Africa's untapped renewable energy potential - Clean Technica
UK: Mott McDonald advises on proposed tidal power project across Morecombe Bay - Alternative Energy Africa
Africa: Long-term modelling and tools to expand variable renewable power in emerging economies - IRENA report
Africa: Are cost-reflective tariffs necessary in mini-grids? - LinkedIn article
Wind and solar power disrupting electricity systems - The Economist
UK: Air pollution final warning received from European Commission - BBC News
Saudi Arabia: DLA Piper to advise on national renewable energy program - Thomas Reuters ZAWYA
Saudi Arabia: Inviting bidders for renewable energy 10GW tender - Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Germany: Onshore wind power to be limited to 902 MW annually - Power Engineering international
UK: Draft Carbon Reform to take effect 2020 to compromise EU ETS - Power Engineering international
UK: BlackRock Real Assets closes Spanish solar debt investment - BlackRock Press Release
Bloomberg New Energy Finance review on Summit 2017 
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